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Clinton, Kaine to rally at convention center Saturday afternoon

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine will hold a rally at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Downtown Saturday afternoon, the campaign said today....

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PHILADELPHIA — The Post-Gazette has a team of reporters and photographers in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention. Here is the latest:...

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John Baer: Does McGinty's misstep rear-end her campaign?

Katie McGinty no doubt was hoping for positive attention and a campaign bounce coming out of her party's national convention right in her old hometown....

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Empty Netter Assists - Kunitz shares the Cup with Regina - 07-27-16

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Penguins

-Left winger Chris Kunitz celebrated the Stanley Cup in his native Regina, Sask yesterday.

-The U.S. Department of Transportation is expected to award a $19 million grant to help in development of the Civic Arena site.

-Happy 25th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Simon Despres. A first-round pick in 2009, Despres spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. In 2011-12, Despres appeared in 18 games and recorded four points. He played in three playoff games that spring and did not record a point. During the 2012-13 campaign, Despres played in 33 games and scored seven points. He saw action in three playoff games and did not score a point. In 2013-14, Despres played in 34 games and netted five assists. During 2014-15, Despres broke through as a full-time NHLer and played in 59 games while scoring 17 points before being traded to the Ducks in exchange for defenseman Ben Lovejoy. In 144 career games with the Penguins, Despres scored 33 points. In six postseason games, he had no points. He is currently a member of the Ducks.

-Happy 67th birthday to former Penguins center Rick Kessell. A second-round pick in 1969, Kessell spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. From 1969-70 through 1971-72, Kessell appeared in a total of 17 games and scored six points. In 1972-72, Kessell found a way to play in 67 games and scored 14 points. During the 1973 offseason, Kessell was claimed by the California Golden Seals in a reverse draft. In 84 games with the Penguins, Kessell scored 20 points.

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins left winger Dave Capuano. A second-round pick in 1986, Capuano's Penguins' career amounted to six games in 1989-90. Midway through the season, he was traded to the Canucks along with right winger Andrew McBain and center Dan Quinn in exchange for defenseman Rod Buskas, center Barry Pederson and right winger Tony Tanti.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Jason Woolley. Acquired along with center Stu Barnes early in the 1996-97 season in a deal which sent center Chris Wells to the Panthers, Woolley's Penguins career amounted to 57 games and 36 points that season. In the 1997 offseason, he was traded to the Sabres in exchange for draft picks. Woolley is currently an agent.

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-The Flyers re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Brandon Manning (rightto a one-year contract worth a total of $1.95 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $650,000, Manning's new deal will have a cap hit of $975,000. Manning, 26, appeared in 56 games last season and scored seven points (one goal, six assists).  

-EN Says: This is a fair contract for Manning who is best used as a No. 5 or 6 defenseman. 

-The Rangers signed defenseman Sergey Zborovskiy, a third-round pick in 2015, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Atlantic Division

-The Red Wings re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser to a six-year contract worth a total of $30 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $2.1875 million, DeKeyser's new deal will have a cap hit of $5 million. DeKeyser, 26, appeared in 78 games last season and scored 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists).

-EN Says: DeKeyser might not put up gaudy offensive totals but he's a perfect representation of the modern NHL defenseman. He's quick and can move the puck. Considering he eats a fair amount of minutes (21:48 per game last season), this is a fair contract.

-The Lightning re-signed restricted free agent forward Vladislav Namestnikov to a two-year contract worth a total of $3.875 million. Coming off a two-way contract with a salary cap hit of  $874,125, Namestnikov's new contract will have a cap hit of  $1.9375 million. Namestnikov, 23, appeared in 80 games last season and scored 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists). 

-EN Says: A fairly versatile player who can play multiple positions, Namestnikov broke through with a career year in 2015-16. He's a key role player for one of the NHL's better teams and has earned this contract.

-The Maple Leafs signed undrafted free agent forward Trevor Moore, formerly of the University of Denver, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Central Division

-The Predators re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Petter Granberg (rightto a two-year contract worth a total of $1.225 million. Coming off a one-year, two-way contract with a salary cap hit of $600,000, Granberg's new deal will have a cap hit of $612,500. Granberg, 23, appeared in 27 games last season and recorded two assists. 

-EN Says: Granberg plays a simple game in limited minutes (13:43 per game). This is a fair contract for a bottom-pairing defenseman.

-The Blackhawks and defenseman David Rundblad mutally agreed to terminate his contract.

Pacific Division

-Las Vegas general manager George McPhee said he has not yet begun searching for a coach to lead his expansion team.

Norris Division

-In a responding letter to Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and concussions suffered while playing hockey

-Former Thrashers/Wild/Lightning/Oilers/Ducks/Devils/Wild/Flyers defenseman Kurtis Foster has retired and joined the Ontario Hockey League's Peterborough Petes as an assistant coach.

-Former Thrashers/Avalanche forward Darren Haydar has joined Lørenskog in Norway's GET ligaen

-Former Maple Leafs/Flyers forward Jay Rosehill has joined the Braehead Clan in the United Kingdom's EIHL.

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Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman from a major party nominated for president

The Democratic Party emerged from a cloud of division Tuesday night in Philadelphia to select former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the first woman nominated for president of the United States by a major political party....

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